Los Angeles Clippers vs Miami Heat Prediction, 12/8/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Miami Heat
Date: Thursday, December 8, 2022
Location: FTX Arena in Miami, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
The Los Angeles Clippers are on their way to FTX Arena on Thursday where they will meet the Miami Heat.
The Clippers stepped onto the hardwood against the Hornets and walked away with a win by a score of 119-117 in their last contest. Los Angeles ended having earned a 48.4% field goal percentage (45 of 93) and knocked down 15 of their 36 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Clippers buried 14 of 21 attempts for a rate of 66.7%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they earned 47 with 13 of them being offensive. They also dished out 30 dimes in this game in addition to forcing 10 turnovers and earning 4 steals. In relation to defending, Los Angeles allowed the other team to go 48.0% from the floor on 47 of 98 shooting. Charlotte recorded 29 dimes and had 8 steals for this game. Moreover, Charlotte pulled down 49 rebounds (14 offensive, 35 defensive) and earned 5 blocks. Charlotte walked away from this one shooting 64.7% from the free throw line by burying 11 of their 17 attempts. They also knocked down 12 out of their 34 attempts from beyond the arc. In regard to fouls, the Clippers ended up with 17 and the Hornets recorded 16 fouls.
Paul George is a guy who was a major contributor for the matchup. George finished the game shooting 53.3% from the field and recorded 7 assists. He was on the court for 28 minutes played and also snagged 3 rebounds. He ended up finishing with 19 points on 8 out of 15 shooting.
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Los Angeles enters this game with a record of 14-11 so far this season. They average 107.2 pts per game (30th in the NBA) while shooting 46.9% from the floor. The Clippers are connecting on 35.8% from downtown (283 of 791) and 74.2% from the charity stripe. As a team, Los Angeles is grabbing 43.5 boards per contest and is sitting with 567 dimes for the year, which ranks 23rd in the league in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 15.8 times per game and as a group they are committing 20.2 fouls per contest.
On defense, the Clippers have forced 13.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.1 fouls. They currently rank 15th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 604 conceded this season. The Clippers defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 45.4% (1,013 of 2,231) and they concede 43.4 rebounds per game as a team. They concede 34.4% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 5th in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (108.8).
The last time they took the court, the Heat went home defeated by a final of 116-96 against the Pistons. When discussing how they attacked the glass, Miami allowed Detroit to grab 40 in all (9 on the offensive side). They finished 46.3% from three-point range by shooting 19 out of 41 and finished the contest at 11 of 15 from the free throw line (73.3%). The Heat allowed the Pistons to bury 43 of their 87 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 49.4% for the game. In all, the Heat shot 33 out of 77 from the field which had them sitting at 42.9%. Regarding shooting from distance, Miami converted 10 of their 32 tries (31.3%). They were able to convert 20 of the free throws for a clip of 76.9%. The Pistons committed 19 personal fouls in this contest which took the Heat to the charity stripe for 26 tries. They also coughed up the ball 15 times, while getting 7 steals in the matchup. The Heat pulled down 33 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 in the matchup.
Tyler Herro ended up being a factor for the Heat for the game. He buried 12 out of 17 in the game for a rate of 70.6%, and had 3 rebounds. Herro totaled 34 points in his 37 mins on the court and tallied 6 dimes for this game.
Miami has a record of 11-14 on the season. The Heat commit 19.0 personal fouls every game and they go 84.0% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 23.7 times per game (21st in the league) and they turn the ball over 14.4 times per game. Miami has scored 2,707 pts so far this season (108.3 per contest) and they collect 41.3 rebounds per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Heat are hitting on 44.9% from the field, which is ranked 27th in basketball.
The Heat defensively are ranked 9th in basketball in points allowed per contest with 110.2. They are forcing 16.0 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.3% from the field (21st in the league). The Miami defense surrenders 35.6% on shots from beyond the arc (339 of 953) and their opponents are knocking down 77.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 26.0 assists and 43.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 21st and 15th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Miami
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